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Dewdrops

These are some shots of the almond tree that I’ve been meaning to post for a while. I was planning to post some shots from my vacation, but instead I went on vacation again. Just for the weekend, but I got some more shots of the sunrise and sunset at the beach. I’m seriously considering moving there, the ocean is just too beautiful, and starting the day by watching the sunrise and listening to the waves crashing on the beach is one of the best things in the universe. Who would have thought I would end up loving being up to watch the sunrise. Hope you like these!

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Almond flowers and dewdrops

Hello, everyone! I’m trying to post more often, hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up. I’m still super busy, but also super happy. Last Thursday was my birthday, and it was awesome, the best one in many years. I ended my birthday week shooting a beautiful sunset, and decided I’m going to try to do that every year from now on.

These shots are from a few months ago, and this is my favorite tree in the world, the almond tree around the corner from my house. Every year it finds a way to look lovelier :). Hope you enjoy them!


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Pastel wildflowers

She’s alive! Just barely so, but she’s alive.

It has been a long, gloomy semester. I’ve had no time to rest and no space in my head for creativity, and for all this, I’m immensely glad it’s almost over. I feel like dancing, singing and lying on the beach on a warm summer day, but most of all, I want to take a week off just to go shooting, to watch the sun rise and set by the sea, to dream of beautiful things and smile until my face hurts. I’m tired of worrying and rushing to meat deadlines and being a full time student.

I’m ready to put the last four months behind me, and start looking forward to the spring. And on that theme, I bring you some pretty wildflowers. I shot these who knows how many weeks ago, and never had the energy to edit them. There’s no sunlight in this part of the backyard except when the sun is high in the sky, so the photos were bright and boring, and I felt like doing some creative editing. I love how these turned out, and I hope you like them, too :).


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Purple flowers in the morning light

Summer meets fall. Is there a name for that time in between seasons? Whatever it’s called, it’s here, and it’s time to get the warmer clothes out and see what chances for photography this time of the year offers.

Going back in time a little… I took these photos almost two months ago (seriously? where did the summer go?), and I didn’t have the time to edit them until now. I guess it’s flower photography season for me :). Enjoy!


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Flower explosion

I can’t believe it’s been a week since my last post! Where are the days going? I’ve been working on so many projects that time is flying by and 24 hours a day aren’t enough (it doesn’t help that my computer is working at slow snail-speed, either). But it’s a good busy, so I don’t mind. Of course, the amount of photos I have to edit has reached an alarming size by now, so I guess I’ll be able to indulge and stay indoors on those frosty winter days when I’m too lazy to brave the cold and go shooting.

Last week the theme on my Flickr group was “In the morning”, so I grabbed Freedom and went exploring around the garden in the early hours. If my neighbors had the suspicion that I was a little touched in the head, they’re fully convinced by now and whispering about the young woman that was climbing a garden chair in her front yard and twisting in weird positions over a bush of white flowers. It’s better than being known as the crazy cat lady, though – at least it’s original!

I edited these in Color Efex Pro 3, and I must say I’m in love. I gave Lightroom a chance, but I’m a Photoshop girl, especially with these filters. I was playing around, so some of these aren’t exactly realistic colorwise, but I love the results. Hope you like them!


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Pretty water drops

It’s almost dawn as I’m writing this, and until a few minutes ago it was raining softly. It was a very welcome rain after three days of scorching heat, during which I gave up shooting around the garden and moved my suffocating self to the beach, where life is good and the sun is welcome. I could live at the beach for a whole month and I wouldn’t get tired of it.
So, at last, I got to shoot a few sunsets with the new camera. I got Lightroom, too, and I love it already, but I’m editing at the pace of a snail, so bear with me. I’ve also been reading and watching lots of online tutorials and making a list of everything I want to try. It might be a few decades before I’m done, LOL.
These photos are from the backyard, taken before the heat wave. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I ever have to move to a house without a yard. Having the chance to go out every day and see what new beauty I can capture so close to home is one my favorite things in the world. But then again, the world always provides.

Shutter speed 1/100 f5.6 ISO 320 Edited in Lightroom


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The letter “A” and a couple of lists

I’ve been taking pictures every day for the past few days, something I hadn’t done in months. It feels good to remember why I love photography so much, to be out in the yard and notice a blossom or a ray of sunlight or an array of drops on a leaf. I also decided to start a 52 weeks project this year in Flickr (I started last year but gave up around June), hoping that now that I have my D90 I’ll be able to come up with subjects even during the bleak winter months. First theme was “The letter A”, and after some brainstorming I remembered my stone collection, which features two amethysts and an ametrine. The ametrine is polished, so it won the contest and here’s the shot, along with a couple others that I like.

After reading Naomi’s “I did” post at Poetic Aperture, I decided to do my own lists, one for my 2011 achievements, and another one for my 2012 goals. I enjoyed the process, it helped me realized that in spite of everything that happened last year (or maybe because of it) I grew a lot in the last twelve months.

2011 Achievements

– Found my passion in life

– Started enjoying college again

– Taught a class for 3 ½ months and enjoyed it

– Started a blog and kept blogging all year

– Kept my 2011 resolutions until about June (and took up where I left off for the last few months of 2011)

– Started therapy

– Worked on improving my temper

– Saved up for a macro lens (almost there, yay!)

– Adopted a stray kitty

– Started socializing more (meet me, the hermit)

– Improved my photography

– Resolved to start being more positive

2012 Goals

– Be more positive

– Enjoy life

– Take lots of pictures

– Be constantly creative – it makes me feel better than anything else

– Continue improving myself

– Make an effort to meet new people

– Complain less, do more

– Go on vacation alone (if and when I have the $$$)

– Have more energy

– Learn about how to improve my health

– Practice patience